New Cochrane Intervention Review published on 'Point-of-use fortification of foods with micronutrient powders containing iron in children of preschool and school-age'.
This review assessed the effects of point-of-use fortification of foods with iron-containing MNP alone, or in combination with other vitamins and minerals on nutrition, health and development among children at preschool (24 to 59 months) and school (five to 12 years) age, compared with no intervention, a placebo or iron-containing supplements.
The review included 13 studies with 5810 participants from Latin America, Africa and Asia.
The authors concluded that:
"point-of-use fortification of foods with MNPs containing iron reduces anaemia and iron deficiency in preschoo- and school-age children. However, information on mortality, morbidity, developmental outcomes and adverse effects is still scarce".
Read the full review here.